SOURCE: MGE UPS SYSTEMS, INC.

May 16, 2005 08:00 ET

MGE First to Ensure Power Availability to VoIP, WLANs and IP Devices With New Power over Ethernet (POE) Midspan and UPS Solution

New Plug-and-Play PoE Hub Conveniently Powers Cisco and Other Edge Devices

COSTA MESA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 16, 2005 -- In its ongoing mission to bring the highest level of availability to today's converged networks, MGE UPS SYSTEMS, INC., the technology leader in providing unsurpassed power protection solutions to computer data centers, telecommunications and industrial operations, has announced the launch of its new Power over Ethernet (PoE) midspan products (also known as power hubs). The new devices ensure continuous power to remotely connected IP telephones, wireless LANs, Bluetooth access points and IP-powered video surveillance and security systems, when used in conjunction with an MGE Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS). PoE integrates power and data onto a single CAT 5/5e and 6 cabling infrastructure, eliminating the need to install separate electrical wiring and power outlets -- thus saving time and money. MGE is the first UPS vendor to offer this combined power solution for converged networks.

Commonly installed in the wiring closet, MGE's 24-port, 10/100 Mbps midspan resides between the Ethernet switch and the connected equipment to provide up to 15.4 Watts of 48-volt DC power per port as defined by the IEEE 802.3af standard for end devices. IP telephones typically consume about 3 to 5 Watts, while wireless LAN access points and IP security cameras can consume as much as 10 to 12 Watts. IP phones and other compliant devices from manufacturers such as Cisco, Nortel, Mitel, Avaya, Siemens, Sony, Alcatel and others are fully supported without modifying the existing active network equipment and wiring. By pairing the midspan with an extended run time MGE UPS, Voice over IP (VoIP) phones can realize up to five nines of reliability. Use of the combined midspan and UPS solution greatly enhances overall Quality of Service (QoS) for the entire network including remotely located resources.

"In today's Voice over IP applications, Quality of Service is the name of the game. Our new Power over Ethernet midspan products, when combined with our UPSs, help to level the playing field with conventional switched telephone networks," commented Brad Amano, market segment manager for MGE UPS Systems. "Instead of having smaller UPSs with every powered device, our PoE midspan and UPS solution now provides power to distributed IP equipment -- reducing costs, maintenance and UPS overhead. In addition, there's no need to install an additional Ethernet switch to provide Power over Ethernet functionality. This saves on installation costs and preserves the existing infrastructure. Overall, our combined plug-and-play PoE midspan and UPS solution is a win-win for VoIP and wireless LAN customers."

The new 19-inch rack-mount, 1U high midspan features advanced auto-sensing algorithms for non-powered device protection. In addition, the midspan is also available with a Web-based SNMP management option that remotely controls the midspan and gathers essential telemetry. The remote management provides immediate alerts, responds to changes to the IP phones in the field and enables remote devices to reset. The units feature front panel LEDs to indicate system status as well as supply to RJ45 ports. For increased management capability, MGE's Enterprise Power Management software automatically detects the connected midspan and provides instant status and alerts.

MGE's midspan units feature a two-year warranty and meet UL/cUL, CE, FCC part 15, class B with FTP cable standards and approvals. Available now, the midspan units list for $1199. The SNMP version lists for $1499.

About MGE:

MGE UPS SYSTEMS, INC. is a world leader in providing high quality power solutions that increase power availability and system uptime to PCs and enterprise-wide networks, mission-critical telecommunication systems, and industrial/manufacturing processes. MGE's comprehensive line of products includes Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPSs), inverters, rectifiers, power management software, active harmonic conditioners, and surge suppressors that provide MGE's customers with end-to-end infrastructure solutions. With its Total Quality Management and MGE PowerServices™ programs, supported by a network of 900 service specialists in 170 centers worldwide, MGE's customers are assured of the highest-level of quality and service throughout the complete life-cycle of their installations.

With U.S. headquarters in Costa Mesa, Calif., MGE is able to deliver the latest in innovative solutions around the globe. To learn more about MGE's power protection, conversion and distribution solutions, visit MGE's Web site at: www.mgeups.com/us.

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